While it's true that the Gothic games are riddled with bugs and other issues, there are some strong positives to games like Gothic 3. For me, Gothic 3 has the strongest implementations of an open world fantasy environment for its time. Sure, games like Skyrim do this better but Gothic 3 has to be viewed in the context of when it was released. Gothic 3 came out in 2006, the same year as Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion (Skyrim was released 5 years later). In comparison to Oblivion, it has a larger open world that feels lush, diverse, and interesting, whereas Oblivion's environments often felt cut/paste replicated to me. Sure, Gothic 3 has some serious issues when it comes to things like the combat system, the variety of the quests, bugs, etc. but it shouldn't be written off completely. It's simply not as bad as some people have said. There's a lot of good here and if you love open world RPGs and I strongly feel this game has been overlooked.
Posted: November 27th, 2013